Handel festival: "Israel In Egypt" - excerpt
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On note with cylinder: "A chorus of 4000 voices recorded with phonograph over 100 yards away"
Composed by: G.F. Handel
Conducted by: August Manns
Record format: Edison yellow paraffine cylinder
Recorded by: Col. George Gouraud, foreign sales agent for Thomas Edison
Location: the Crystal Palace, London, England
Recording date: June 29, 1888.
ENHS object catalog number: E-2440-20
** Historical note: This is the earliest known recorded music in existence.
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- Israel In Egypt (1888 Handel Festival, Crystal Palace feat. conductor: Sir August Manns)
- George Frideric Handel
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Ghostly and gorgeous.
I can't stop listening to it.
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The sounds that can be heard through the distortion are otherworldly and angelic.
Subject: Note: This is the oldest recorded static in existence.